Windies batting fails in India defeat

March 11, 2016


West Indies' batting failed miserably as they slumped to a 45-run defeat to hosts India, in their opening official warm-up match of the Twenty20 World Cup at Eden Gardens here yesterday.

Chasing a challenging 186 for victory, only opener Chris Gayle was good enough to reach the 20s as the Caribbean side were bundled out for 140 in the final over.

The left-handed Gayle got exactly 20 from 11 balls and fellow Jamaican Andre Russell was the next best scorer with 19 from 13 deliveries. West Indies' run chase was ruined by left-arm spinners Pawan Negi (2-15) and Ravindra Jadeja (2-26), along with seamers Hardik Pandya (2-25) and Mohammed Shami (2-30), all of whom took two wickets each.

India had earlier tallied 185 for six from their 20 overs with opener Rohit Sharma narrowly missing out on three figures with an unbeaten 98.

Left-hander Yuvraj Singh chipped in with 31, while opener Shikhar Dhawan got 21.

Fast bowler Jerome Taylor (2-26) and left-arm spinner Sulieman Benn (2-30) were the best bowlers on show for West Indies.

In reply, Gayle and Johnson Charles (18) gave West Indies a robust start, gathering 26 from the first two overs. They had put on 36 off just 21 deliveries when Gayle was bowled by Jasprit Bumrah after striking three fours and a six.

West Indies will play their second official warm-up game against Australia at Eden Gardens on Sunday.

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